Meet the Sheriff
Earnell R. Lucas
Earnell Lucas served as Major League Baseball’s Chief Liaison of Security & Investigations for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. He was responsible for developing security best practices for the 160 clubs in Minor League Baseball, making security presentations to the players at the major and minor league levels and conducting investigations to safeguard the integrity of Major League Baseball. He previously served as the Vice-President of Security and Facility Management, charged with overseeing the security operations for all of Major League Baseball, and the Supervisor of Security for Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.
Earnell is a 25-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, retiring at the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in criminology and law studies from Marquette University, and management certificates from the Police Executive Research Forum (51st Session), Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy (191st Session) and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety (82nd Session), where he was awarded the coveted Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award. Earnell is a product of the Milwaukee Public Schools system, graduating from Rufus King High School.
He was raised by a grandmother who moved to Milwaukee upon the death of his mother. His father was the longtime business manager at Laborers’ International Union 113, and his mother was a nurse. Earnell’s interest in law enforcement was shaped by an encounter he had as a young boy with a police officer who accused him of stealing a woman’s purse. Earnell told the officer he had not stolen a purse but instead was on the way to the store for his grandmother. The officer knowing that Earnell was not involved in a theft drove off and Earnell continued on his way. It was there that Earnell saw the awesome power and authority a law enforcement officer has and knew that’s what he wanted to do. When Earnell joined the police department, one of the first officers he met was the officer he had encountered. To this day, that officer and his brother, also a police officer, and Earnell remain friends.
Earnell is married to his wife of 24 years and has two adult children and one grandchild. He is an active member of St. Matthew CME Church, where he’s been a member for over 50 years. He has served on the boards of the Grand Avenue Club and Sojourner Family Peace Center. On Nov. 6, Earnell won the Milwaukee County General Election for Milwaukee County Sheriff and took office on Jan. 7, 2019. He plans to restore honor, integrity and professionalism to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) maintains the county jail, provides bailiff services for the cirucit court, patrols the freeway, provides law enforcement presence at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and the Milwaukee County Institutions Complex. We maintain the peace throughout the County.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office was founded in 1835. It is the oldest Sheriff's Office in the State of Wisconsin. The Sheriff's constitutional mandates include keeping and maintaining the peace throughout the county, maintaining the county jail, providing bailiff services for circuit courts and serving legal process. In the interest of flexible and efficient service to Milwaukee County citizens the Sheriff's Office is comprised of three bureaus: Administration, Police Services and Detention Services.
The Sheriff's Office, using community policing as an organizational philosophy, remains sensitive to the needs of the community. Recognizing that safety is a community responsibility, the Sheriff's Office engages the community. Knowing that our effectiveness is determined by public cooperation, the Sheriff's Office goal is to identify community leaders and work to facilitate the efforts of neighborhood leaders. The greater the degree of public involvement in addressing community problems the greater the potential for effective problem solving.
On Oct. 23, 2002, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office dedicated a new state-of-the-art-training academy located at 9225 S. 68th St. Franklin, Wisconsin. The academy is a 46,500-square-foot facility that includes eight classrooms, two lecture halls, a physical training room, mock training cells, three standard pistol ranges with a total of 20 firing points and an indoor 360-degree tactical firearms training room. Four of the classrooms can be joined and expanded to seat between 20 to 200 individuals. The two lecture halls each have seating for 57 people and can be joined so that up to 130 people can observe the same lecturer. The tactical firearms training room, or shoot house, allows realistic scenario based training.
Adjacent to the training academy is a memorial dedicated to the 13 Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies who died in the line of duty while in service to the Milwaukee County community. The statute, titled "Call to Duty," sits atop a five-foot high octagonal marble base where each of the officer's names is inscribed. The site was selected because it can be viewed from the academy's main hall and will constantly remind deputies and students of the sacrifices all officers make to the community.